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Toa Jaller Magma by st3vethesquid Toa Jaller Magma by st3vethesquid
Make for the BCBS on mocpages.

More pics and information here: [link]

I'm really happy with this, I think it's my best moc to date :D

Plus it has a working custom cordak launcher!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one super chunky dude. I rather like him. Though as a Jaller I feel not going with his mask doesn't quite sell it. This to me looks more like the Mahri Matoran that the mask comes from got toafied. So in context of the contest I think you missed the mark a tad. But beyond the contest I think this is an awesomely constructed MOC.

I agree with what Aiden said about the color layering. But I wholly understand that it doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes you use what you've got in the available color palate because its what fits there and its what you got. And I do kind of see the beginings of that. Dark red looks to be more of the base with Keetongu yellow(bright light orange, W/e) as the outer armor color. Overall its a very solid MOC in my opinion Grayson. :icongreatjobplz:
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st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I purposely didn't use the mask, because two other people in the contest chose jaller as well, using the mahri mask for him, and I wanted to stand out. Also, the competition was for a separate transformation, not a revamp of a set (*cough*cough* Ben made a revamp *cough*), so using the mask is kinda cheating. Every time a character transforms, they get a new mask, and since I didn't want to use orange (using keetorange instead), I thought this fit well.

And don't talk to me about using what I've got, I think I have every keetorange bionicle part ever made, this is no issue :P (I still have Keto built, didn't even have to take any parts!) And I have a shit ton of dark red. So if there's anything that looks wrong with part selection, feel free to berate me :P

And yeah, I did try to make keetorange the outer color more (see arms and feet).

Thanks!

Oh, fun fact, if you take the exo-force arms off the lower torso, the whole moc looks like shit XD True story bro!
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Vedkarrtheunbroken Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think this moc would be almost perfect if not for one detail; the transaction from forearm to the hand is too sudden.

Very bulky, aesthetically pleasing, and from what I can see, poseable. Awesome moc :D
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st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not sure what you quite mean about the transition, I meant to use the inika armor there to have a more covered connection, but I'm open to suggestions. Do you mean the angle on the forearm closest to the torso being too extended and blocky? I think that's fixable, but I'll have to rework the lower arms. Heck, I wanted to do that anyway, with that gap :D
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Vedkarrtheunbroken Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I meant that the forearm is super bulky, but the wrists are tiny making the transition look unnatural. I realise that you are well acquainted with building bulk, so I know you can do better with the forearms and make some beefy wrists (which is what I think you should consider)
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st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'll try I guess. I'm actually not that accustomed to making bulk (I can really only think of 4 mocs bulky like this :P), but I'll see what I can do. I think I just need to thin the forearms a bit and add some angled armor on the inside.
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Vedkarrtheunbroken Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
groovy :iconzorakplz:
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very bulky indeed! You might want to consider introducing colour layering, whereby one colour is the base and another is the armour; it makes the MOC far more visually consistent, and it is easier to make out the different sections of the body.
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st3vethesquid Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I see what you mean, but I prefer to have more variation in the armor. For example, if this were all keetorange on the outside, it would look like an obese guy in a jumpsuit XD

I tend to stray away from color layering for that reason, but mostly because I like to have more variation; either have a toa that's mostly one color, with layering, or have three, since even use of two is just weird. Though in that respect, I think I need some silver on the arms, I just can't figure out where. If only those metru shoulders came in silver!

One last note on the color layering; my bulky mocs like this (i.e. Roy and this one) are made specifically for comic purposes; their proportions are SO overdone that it's almost cute, and then I add things like massive shoulder cannons to flesh out that look. I think this color scheme helps make it look funnier in that respect, without being too obvious.

Anyway, I just started building with two colors, and just made sure I didn't overload any areas with any one color :)
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, okay then :D
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